Hibs hope surgery can halve Farid El Alagui’s recovery time

Farid El Alagui was stretchered off at Alloa. Pic: David Lamb

Farid El Alagui was stretchered off at Alloa. Pic: David Lamb

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Hibs boss Alan Stubbs today revealed he hopes Farid El Alagui will be out for half the time first feared after the striker had “cutting edge” surgery on his ruptured Achilles tendon.

One of the country’s leading specialists operated on the 29-year-old in Glasgow’s Ross Hall Hospital using a new procedure which, the Easter Road club have been told, should significantly reduce the time he will be out of action.

The former Falkirk hitman could still be sidelined for up to six months after suffering the injury on landing awkwardly on Alloa’s artificial pitch on Saturday, but Stubbs said he could otherwise have been out until the start of next season.

The head coach explained: “Farid is getting the best of treatment and that’s going to reduce the timescale quite significantly. Hopefully we are talking maybe four to six months rather than eight to 12 because of this new procedure, that’s the difference between the two operations. It’s a tried and tested procedure, one that has been used on other professional sportsmen, one that, no pun intended, seems to be at the cutting edge. The surgeon’s one of the top guys and he went through what was going to happen with Farid and that’s given him a bit of confidence. Hopefully it will help him make a safe and more speedy recovery.”

Meanwhile, Stubbs welcomed the return to action of defender Paul Hanlon, who played the full 90 minutes of Hibs Under-20s’ win over Dunfermline on Tuesday having missed four games with a knee injury. He said: “Paul came through the game with no problems and he should be ready for next week’s game against Cowdenbeath.”

Despite the international break, Stubbs’ players have been following their normal training routine, with the head coach determined to make the most of the time available.

He said: “After Cowdenbeath, we have a run of games, midweek and Saturday, so it’s a chance for us to top up their fitness and to work really hard on the team as well, to get them to where we expect them to be.”